Daily Archives: Saturday, June 1, 2013

Updated Events and Opportunities

Details of these new events and opportunities were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

CFP: Irregular Migration and Southern Europe, Malmö, Sweden, 25-27 August 2013 [info]
– Abstract deadline is 31 May 2013.

Protection Interrupted: Dublin Regulation’s Impact on Asylum Seekers’ Protection, Brussels, 4 June 2013 [info]
– Registration is still open!

National Forum on Children and Young People from Refugee Backgrounds, Sydney,15-16 July 2013 [info via BroCAP]
– Registration now open.

CFP: “Disability, Asylum and Migration” [info]
– Articles sought for special issue of Disability and the Global South: An International Journal.  Submission deadline is 1 September 2013.


New Thematic Publications on Children/Disabled Persons and ICTs/Innovation

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Thematic Publications on Children/Disabled Persons

The theme for the 2013 edition of the State of the World’s Children is “Children with Disabilities.”  Chapter 5  focuses on “Humanitarian Response,” which discusses strategies for implementing disability-inclusive approaches to humanitarian action.

Other publications on either children or disabled persons:

“Bouncing Forward of Young Refugees: A Perspective on Resilience Research Directions,” European Journal of Psycho-Traumatology 4: 20124 (May 2013) [open access text]

“Disability and Forced Migration,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 37 (May 2013) [full-text]

Disabled, Displaced, Determined: 2013 Voices of Courage Awards Luncheon, New York, 2 May 2013 [info]
– Follow the link to learn more about this year’s honorees.

Happy Birthday? Disputing the Age of Children in the Immigration System (Coram Children’s Legal Centre, May 2013) [text]

“The Marginalisation of Refugee Children,” Runnymede Bulletin, no. 373 (Spring 2013) [full-text]
– Scroll to p. 6.

“Overcoming Barriers to Education for Refugees with Disabilities,” Migration Australia Journal, vol. 3 (forthcoming, 2013) [eprint via SSRN]

Young and Astray: An Assessment of Factors Driving the Movement of Unaccompanied Children and Adolescents from Eritrea into Ethiopia, Sudan and Beyond (Women’s Refugee Commission, May 2013) [access]

New Thematic Publications on ICTs/Innovation

Humanitarianism in the Network Age: Including World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2012 (OCHA, March 2013) [text]
– See also related iRevolution blog post.

Innovative ICT Helps Aid Workers in Afghanistan (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

Media Outlets Multiply, but Aid Communication still Missing Mark (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

Moving Forward with Technology: Another Tool in the Toolbox? (WFP et al., 2013) [text]

Potential, Pitfalls of “Big Data” for Humanitarians (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

Serious Games at the UNHCR with ARLearn, a Toolkit for Mobile and Virtual Reality Applications (Open Universiteit, April 2013) [text]

South Sudan: Innovation in Delivering Aid to Refugees (OCHA, May 2013) [text]

UNHCR Innovation Monthly Newsletter, no. 3 (April 2013) [text]



New Regional Publications on Africa; Europe; and Palestinians

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Regional Publications on Africa

Municipal Authorities and IDPs Outside of Camps: The Case of Kenya’s ‘Integrated Displaced Persons’ (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, May 2013) [text]

Nutrition Survey Final Report: Unity State Refugee Camps, South Sudan (UNHCR et al., Feb. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

South Africa: Police Repeatedly Turn on Asylum-seekers Amid Xenophobia Spike (Amnesty International, May 2013) [text]

Tuareg Migration: A Critical Component of Crisis in the Sahel (Migration Information Source, May 2013) [text]

‘You are All Terrorists:’ Kenyan Police Abuse of Refugees in Nairobi (Human Rights Watch, May 2013) [text]

New Regional Publications on Europe

Assisted Return of Rejected Asylum Seekers – How Can We Create Sustainability?, Policy Brief (DIIS, May 2013) [text]

“Asylum Seekers from Serbia and the Problems of Returnees: Why Serbia is among the World’s Leading Countries in Number of Asylum Seekers,” Two Homelands, no. 37 (2013) [full-text]
– Scroll to p. 53.

The Second Phase of the Common European Asylum System: A Brave New World – or Lipstick on a Pig? (European Area of Freedom Security & Justice Blog, April 2013) [text]

UNHCR’s Contribution to the European Commission’s Consultation on Female Genital Mutilation in the EU (UNHCR, May 2013) [text]

New Regional Publications on Palestinians

Al Jabal: A Study on the Transfer of Bedouin Palestine Refugees (BIMKOM & UNRWA, May 2013) [text]
– See also related UNRWA press release; a relatedlecture takes place today in Jerusalem entitled “Bedouin Palestine Refugees in the West Bank: An Anthropological Perspective.”

Forgotten in the Diaspora: The Palestinian Refugees in Egypt, 1948-2011, Thesis (American University in Cairo, Spring 2013) [text]

Note on UNHCR’s Interpretation of Article 1D of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and Article 12(1)(a) of the EU Qualification Directive in the Context of Palestinian Refugees Seeking International Protection (UNHCR, May 2013) [text]

An Ongoing Displacement: The Forced Exile of the Palestinians (Jadaliyya, May 2013) [access]
– Infographic.

Reconciling Return and Rights: Palestinian Refugees and the Emergence of a “Political Society” (Jadaliyya, March 2013) [text]


Event: Rethinking Diaspora: Register now!

Rethinking Diaspora: Register now!

29 May 2013

The conference Rethinking Diaspora is open for registration.

There are still some places left at this event, which is jointly organised by COMPAS and theOxford Diasporas Programme. Register here.

The Oxford Diasporas Programme draws together a number of projects looking at the social, economic, political and cultural impact of diasporas through a range of disciplinary perspectives and research methods.

The programme identifies three fundamental dynamics relating to the formation, maintenance, and impacts of diasporas:

• Connecting: the way that diasporas create networks encompassing those back home, others in diaspora and, more widely, their imagined communities based on co-ethnicity or other identities.?

• Contesting: the contradictory processes of inclusion of diasporas within and exclusion from territorially-bound communities, and the emergence of potentially conflicting identities.?

• Converging: the way in which diasporic communities de-emphasize their origins and blend with indigenous or other migrant communities to create new social formations, cultures and practices.

This conference aims to integrate humanities and social science perspectives in order to investigate the impacts of these three dynamics of diaspora.

Link:-  www.compas.ox.ac.uk//news/latest/article/date///rethinking-diaspora-register-now/


Hong Kong Should Uphold the Right to Work for Urban Refugees

Refugee Work Rights

Last month, the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Center (HKRAC) published an OpEd entitled “Don’t Starve Refugees of the Fruit of Honest Labour,” highlighting the need for employment among Hong Kong’s refugee population.

The Asia Pacific region is home to one third of the world’s refugee population. Although many of the Asian states within the region are signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its accessory Protocol, a number of these countries remain resistant to its implementation. Efforts made by UNHCR to promote a more favorable environment for the protection of refugees in the region has been widely challenged by States due to lack of proper information about population displacement, inability to offer adequate refugee protection and national security issue.

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